6 Tips to Stay Cool This Summer
Australian summers can be brutal. Whether you’ve just arrived on our shores or have been living here your whole life, it’s important to be reminded that conquering summer in Australia is no easy task.
To help you out, here are 6 tips to help you stay cool this summer:
1. Stay hydrated
Keeping hydrated is very important during summer – so drink lots of water! Why? It’s simple really… hot and muggy weather causes you to sweat so you need to replenish the water leaving your body with more water.
Tip: On average, adult men should drink 2.6L of water per day (about 10 cups) and adult women should drink 2.1L of water per day (about 8 cups).
How to know when you’re dehydrated?
Symptoms include: thirst, dry mouth, darker urine, headaches, and dizziness. For more information, click here. If you or a loved one is experiencing severe dehydration, please contact your doctor.
2. Wear breathable material
Cotton is your best friend during summer. Wear clothes made up of a high percentage of cotton (100% if possible) because the fabric will allow for better air circulation, which helps with the absorbing and removing of body moisture caused by sweat.
3. Take multiple showers
Refresh yourself throughout the day by taking multiple cold showers. Cold showers will not only help to temporarily relieve you of the heat and humidity, but you’ll come out feeling clean and no longer sticky from sweating.
Bonus: a cold shower will wake you up if you’re feeling lethargic from the humidity.
4. Eat lighter meals
No doubt many of us have consumed large meals which have subsequently left us feeling heavy, bloated and in a “food coma”. Top that off with the humidity of summer and your body will be working overtime to not only cool your core body down, but to digest that big meal, leaving you with low energy levels.
So help yourself and your body by eating lighter meals. Lighter meals means higher energy levels as your body won’t need to work as hard to digest so it can focus on keeping your core body temperature regulated.
Here are some light meals which you should try this summer:
- Thai beef salad
- Vietnamese prawn and rice noodle salad
- Zucchini quiche
- Garlic prawn and spinach pasta
- Mini tomato tarts
- Butterflied lamb leg with tomato and fetta salad
- Salmon and avocado salad
- Satay beef with pumpkin and carrot noodles
Feel free to experiment and mix up the ingredients to suit your palate.
5. Fan yourself
Make summer more bearable with a breeze. People will be envious of you when you pull out your fan – you’ll be cooling down and they won’t be.
On the go? Whip out your handheld paper fan or battery operated portable fan. At work? Plug in your USB powered fan. There’s a fan for every occasion.
6. Make homemade fruit ice blocks
Treat yourself this summer by making fruit ice blocks at home. Grab yourself an ice block mould, fruit and whatever liquid you want and you’re ready to get started!
- If necessary, dice your fruit/s into small pieces to fit into the mould. Place fruit mixture into the mould.
- Fill the rest of the mould with liquid. Make sure to leave space for the concoction to rise when the ice block stick is placed back into the mould. Note: If necessary, some liquids may need to be juiced or blended beforehand (e.g. watermelon).
- Carefully place the ice block mould into the freezer. Let it set for at least 4-5 hours or until completely set.
- Blueberries, raspberries in diluted apple juice
- Strawberries and mango in coconut water
- Kiwis and strawberries in blended watermelon juice
- Pineapple in orange juice
- Seedless grapes and peaches in coconut water